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UPDATE: Premature baby dies one month after mother

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UPDATE: One month after her mother died, her premature baby also has lost her life.

Ransom Haywood, Arora's father, notified KWWL that his baby girl died last night at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. 


A baby is continuing to fight fiercely for her life, leaving a family with a difficult decision, if she doesn't get better.

Baby Arora was born premature at just 24 weeks. Weighing only one pound, she was born on New Year's Eve. Nearly a month later Arora is still fighting,  swollen from treatment, and dealing with a lot of medical issues.

Arora's father says she hasn't been responding to a lot medicines and her lungs have collapsed. Arora's mother died right after her daughter was born.

At 18-years-old Ransom Haywood has said his hardest goodbye.

"Burying one member of the family was hard enough...burying my whole family will take a bigger toll," said Haywood, Cedar Falls.

Haywood's significant other, 23-year-old Hana Sulejmani died before a surgery to remove a cancerous mass and doctors were forced to deliver her baby girl at 24 weeks.

"I lost my wife and now I might be losing my child," said Haywood.

Arora is still fighting, but she's faced a lot of challenges.

"It's hard to see her with all the wires and tubes in her and stuff, but it hurts more knowing that she might not make it out of it," said Haywood. "The doctors are telling me that it may be time to start thinking about making a decision."

A decision that is tearing Hawyood apart.

"Many times I've gone into her room and just start breaking down crying, it's something I wouldn't wish on anyone," said Haywood.

Haywood is still digesting what he's gone through this month.

"Hell, one word that'd be hell," said Haywood. "Many people don't have to go through this in their entire life and I had to go through this at a young age."

Haywood is staying optimistic, but knows he needs to make a decision that's best for his daughter.

"Either way no matter what happens I know that she is going to be with one of us and that kind of helps...it kind of hurts, but it also really helps," said Haywood.

Haywood says he is taking it day by day right now, but he is hopeful his baby's health will improve. If it doesn't he says her quality of life could change his decision.

If Arora can fight on and begin to get better doctors told the family it's possible Arora may be released by her actual due date, coming up in April.

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